Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Structures

Industrial Structures

I decided to make my post mostly about industrial structures and I chose buildings and objects from two ports. Sydney Harbour and Port Adelaide. The Sydney ones were taken at Cockatoo Island when I visited there. I thought that it was very interesting to see the remains of the naval dockyard that had once been there as much as the historic convict era buildings. Fort Denison the small island in the harbour is also convict era. The other Sydney photo is a building on a wharf I think at Rose Bay where they do charter flights with a sea plane.
Port Adelaide is a place that had a strong industrial background which is now being replaced by townhouses and flats which are not improving the landscape.

I enjoyed using Adobe Photo Elements to edit these old photos.

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Snapshot Sunday: Vintage Cameras

David’s parents’ Kodak box camera and our mum’s Agfa.

I was stumped for a good picture today and decided to share this one of two of the cameras that David had in his collection. Both of these belonged to family members. The Kodak Brownie I believe belonged to David’s parents the battered Agfa on the right belonged to our mum. She used it to take photos of Naomi and I as small children. This was actually the first camera I ever used myself. Mum showed me how to hold it and take the pictures. She would change the film for me. I remember that it was 120 film and you would get about 8 photos to the roll. I was probably six or seven years old when I was first allowed to use this camera.

Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd

via Photo Challenge: A Face in the Crowd

Create an image that represents being “a face in the crowd.” Explore silhouettes, shadows, orientation, and other ways to mask your subject. As you hide the defining characteristics of your model, notice which traits continue to stand out. Without facial expression, can you tell how someone is feeling? Without color, does your impression of that person change? If portraits aren’t your thing, get even more creative with your use of shadows, reflections, animals, and patterns to represent a sense of anonymity.

Explore the use of anonymity to express both that which is common to all of us and the uniqueness that stands out even when the most obvious parts of us are hidden. Just as all of us can oscillate between conformity and individualism, allow your photo to do the same.

I took the photos below at the Puffing Billy Railway near Melbourne, Victoria and decided that for this challenge I would convert them to black and white. I feel that they are timeless in a way. They are modern day pictures but the work of the train crew and the attraction of watching never changes.

The love of trains

Watching the action

Train crew and a boy

Rail fans

 

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Birds

Feathered Friends

Well now we are on to a new group of subjects. I love to photograph birds but it is not easy and not something you can do to order. Well I can’t anyway. No birds have shown up in my garden to be photographed this week. Even the Plover family have deserted me. This afternoon I sat in my garden for an hour or so and I saw what I think was an eagle flying high above me. In the trees I could hear parrots, probably cockatoos, and various little birds chirping away from the safety of the apple tree.

Here are some of my favourite bird photos from the past.

Green or Tasmanian Rosella

pelican, Sydney Australia

“A Wondrous Bird is the Pelican, His Bill holds as much as his belly can.”

Pet show Middleton Fair

These four ducks wandered into my garden.

Out for a stroll with mum or dad.

Yellow Throated Honeyeater Looking in my back door

Cormorant

Juvenile Southern Black Backed Gull

White Ibis – Sydney 2012

Pigeon

Pigeon in Wellington Square Hobart

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Chilled

Chilled

This was a tricky subject for me this week. Winter is long gone and compared to the winter that those of you in Europe and the USA have been experiencing I feel a bit of a fake for calling our winter cold at all. On the other hand it has not been hot and summery this past week either so no nice photos of ice chilled drinks and swimming pools.

Here are a few snow pictures from past winters. The first couple of photos are from last winter and were taken on a quiet road just outside Geeveston, the next one was taken from the bus during the big snow we had in 2015. The last two were taken nearly ten years ago while I was staying in Oatlands minding Naomi’s house while she was on holidays.

Snow in Geeveston 2017

A snowy road in Geeveston 2017

Taken from the bus window 2015

Snowy fields at the edge of town

The old house

Share Your World 2018 – 20 February

Sharing My World This Week

How do you like your eggs?

I don’t have them very often but I really enjoy fried eggs cooked on both sides preferably with bacon and maybe a sausage and fried tomato or baked beans. However, a boiled egg is also a nice breakfast and I also like them scrambled on toast, poached or occasionally as an omelette.

Have you ever met anyone famous?

I haven’t met a rock star, movie star or member of the Royal Family and although there have been opportunities I usually hang back from autograph/selfie sessions with sporting stars even the ones I like. I prefer to stay in the background and take my own photos when they are doing something else. The one exception to this would be when I went to a book signing event for Australian cricketer Michael Clarke with my friends Allyson and Matt. I declined the opportunity for a selfie but I did speak to him. I think I said “Thank you. “ when he signed the book and “Pleased to meet you.” He said “Pleased to meet you too.” and managed to look as if he meant it. I sent the book to my nephew in Adelaide after I read it.

Allyson and Matt with Michael Clarke.

What was the first thing you bought with your own money?

I can’t possibly remember that! It was probably some little doll or toy at the local shop with my pocket money.

As an adult I had a ten-year period where I did not work so I do remember that after I got my job in the railways in 1987 the first thing I bought for myself was a second-hand Pentax MG SLR. I loved that camera and used it for many years. We eventually added two other Pentax cameras to our collection as well as a number of lenses and that is the main reason that when I bought a DSLR I bought a Pentax.

 

PENTAX MG.jpg
By TitrisolOwn work, CC BY 3.0, Link

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

Yesterday I looked out of the window and spotted the bright red feathers of a robin sitting on the fence at the bottom of the garden. Of course he flew away before I could get my camera but I do like seeing robins more than any other garden visitor.

Here’s a photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

 

Petroica boodang orford

 

 

Snapshot Sunday: Fruits of My Labour

The apples on my tree are just beginning to ripen and it looks like there will be a good crop so I’ve been hunting up recipes for apples. Today’s effort was an old favourite, apple crumble.